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Go to Commentary on Prov 26

 1 Like snow in the summer and rain during the harvest,

 so too honor is not fitting for a fool.

 2 Like an aimless bird and like a flying swallow,

 so too an undeserved curse fails to arrive.

 3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle is for the donkey,

 and a rod is for the backs of fools.

 4 Do not answer a fool according to his foolishness,

 lest you, too, become just like him.

 5 Answer a fool according to his foolishness,

 lest he become wise in his own eyes.

 6 One who cuts off his own feet, drinking violence,

 is a person who sends messages by the hand of a fool.

 7 Like the legs of a lame person that are withered up,

 so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

 8 Like one who entangles a stone in a sling,

 so is a person who gives honor to a fool.

 9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard,

 so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

 10 Like an archer who wounds anyone,

 so is the one who hires a fool or hires those who are just passing by.

 11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit,

 so is a fool who repeats his foolishness.

 12 Do you see a person who is wise in his own eyes?

 There is more hope for a fool than for him.

A lazy person says, “There is a lion on the road!

 A lion in the open area!”

 14 As a door turns on its hinges,

 so does a lazy person upon his bed.

 15 A lazy person buries his hand in the dish;

 he is too tired to bring it back to his mouth.

 16 A lazy person is wiser in his own eyes

 than seven people who answer with good judgment.

Like a person who seizes a dog by its ears

 is one who while passing by gets angry over a dispute that is not his own.

 18 Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows,

 arrows, and death,

 19 so is a person who deceives his neighbor,

 then says, “Was I not simply joking?”

When the wood is gone, a fire will go out,

 and when there is no gossip, contention will grow quiet.

 21 Like charcoal for hot coals and wood for fire,

 so a contentious person for kindling strife.

 22 The words of a gossip are like delicacies,

 and they go down into one’s innermost being.

Like silver dross overlaid upon a potsherd

 are burning lips and a wicked heart.

 24 A person who hates disguises himself with his lips,

 and he places deceit in his inner being;

 25 when his speech is gracious, do not believe him,

 for in his heart are seven abominations.

 26 Hatred covers itself with deception,

 but his evil will be uncovered in the congregation.

 27 The person who digs a pit will fall into it,

 and the person rolling a stone, it will come back upon him.

 28 A lying tongue hates those it oppresses,

 and a smooth mouth creates a calamity.

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